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Two arrested in Benidorm for fraudulent sale of concert tickets – Spain

The National Police has dismantled in Benidorm (Alicante) a gang accused of having defrauded more than 28,000 euros with the fraudulent sale of t


The National Police has dismantled in Benidorm (Alicante) a gang accused of having defrauded more than 28,000 euros with the fraudulent sale of tickets to concerts and festivals nationwide, knowing that they had already sold out, and that it had been operating since 2021.

Police sources have reported this Thursday that, so far, two people have been arrested and 49 complaints of scams spread throughout the country have been clarified, for a value of approximately 28,265.13 euros after the fraudulent sale of more than 800 tickets fictitious.

The group previously checked that there were no tickets for sale for concerts and festivals and, fraudulently, offered them at a low price on a well-known social network, requesting the payment of the money through instant payment applications.

In addition to fraud, its members are charged with a crime of usurpation of marital status for having used the documentation of one of the victims for fraudulent sales.

The alleged perpetrators had established a perfect network where, through a well-known social network, they put on sale tickets for concerts or festivals of high interest to the public, when in reality these had already been sold out.

The contacts between the injured and the scammers were made through the official profiles of artists or events. Then a private chat was opened on the social network, where the criminals asked their victims for payment through transfer applications to a bank account associated with a mobile phone.

The fraudulent sale was offered for events held throughout the national geography, so “the count of those affected transcends different Spanish locations,” according to the same sources.

Two of the alleged members of the organization were arrested in Benidorm when they made a bank withdrawal in one of the entities where they had one of the accounts open, although a third member remains to be located and arrested.

The two detainees -a 21-year-old Romanian and a 23-year-old Spaniard-, one of them with a record, have been brought to justice.